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12 injured, 3 critically, in NYC building explosion

 An apartment building exploded and burst into flames Thursday in New York City’s East Village, injuring at least a dozen people, three of them critically, in what authorities said was a possible gas-related incident. Flames could be seen shooting out of the top of the five-story building at 2nd Ave. and 7th Street, which partially […] Continue reading →

U.S. sets first major fracking rules on federal lands

 The Obama administration on Friday unveiled its first major standards for oil companies that frack on federal lands, including beefed-up safety measures to protect groundwater, prompting industry complaints they will be a barrier to growth. The rules require energy companies to reinforce boreholes and otherwise prevent leakage and provide data on the cocktail of chemicals […] Continue reading →

Gas Prices to Continue to Fall

You’ve heard the adage: If something’s too good to be true, it probably is. That’s probably how many felt when gasoline prices collapsed nearly 61 percent from their high last summer to the low in January. Here in the Seattle area, we saw retail prices below $2 a gallon for the first time since the […] Continue reading →

Crony Biofuel Politics Wag the Dog

Paul Driessen,   Talk about the Norfolk terrier tail wagging the Great Dane. If they are to have any hope of winning their party’s nomination, Republican presidential hopefuls better support ethanol mandates, Hawkeye State politicos told potential candidates at the recent Iowa Agricultural Summit in Des Moines. “Don’t mess with the RFS,” Republican Governor Terry Branstad […] Continue reading →